Single: "Move On" -- check out the video here!
Tell us about the inspiration behind your new single “Move On”.
"Move On" was written a little while ago and, though it was a favourite of mine; other songs and projects were prioritized over it. I rediscovered "Move On" in one of my old song notebooks and knew it was time to record it. The sentiments of the song aren’t directed at any one person in particular – but it’s a story that most, if not all, women can relate to. It’s a song of empowerment, of realizing one’s own self-worth and moving on. Sonically, I was inspired by Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, Amy Winehouse’s lyrical honesty, and Quentin Tarantino soundtracks.
What sparked your aural addiction?
I started quite young in music and was always surrounded by so many styles and genres of music growing up. I started learning the piano at age 6 and then started studying voice at age 13. I started to experiment with songwriting when I was in high school, but nothing too in depth. All my extra-curriculars in school were music related. I was a music nerd big time! I played the clarinet and flute in the school bands and sang in all the choirs and musicals. I then went on to study music at Humber College, where I was a voice major in Jazz studies. In college is where I started to really dabble in songwriting. Back in the 70s, my dad used to own a record store on Lennox St, very close to Honest Eds, so eclectic & amazing music was always playing in my household as a kid. I truly do believe that having such a cool dad helped me evolve musically.
You’ve performed with Daniel Caesar, Nikki Yanofski, and more! Which performance was the most memorable for you?
I'm really blessed to have worked with such amazing artists and I still have 'pinch myself' moments. I would have to say the most memorable performance to date, was singing in the all female choir for all 5 of Daniel Caesar's sold out shows at Danforth Music Hall. That experience is something I will never forget. The energy, the teamwork the amazing hang-all of it was so much fun and really inspired me. I also had the honour of singing on the CBC's Vinyl Cafe Christmas tours two years in a row with the Canadian (and late) icon Stuart McLean. Touring with him and the crew across Canada, and seeing the immense joy he brought thousands of Canadians was so touching. He had the ability to make a 2000 seater venue feel like his living room; such an honour to have worked with him.
Are there any genres of music you would like to try or avoid?
Hmm...I'm pretty open when it comes to genres of music. I listen to so many genres and style and I feel like there's something to learned from each one. A genre I would like to dabble with a bit would be Country. There's something so honest and heartfelt about a good country song and the songwriting is so killer (the chorus, am I right?!). Metal is a genre I tend to avoid-no shade to Metal! I find it a very impressive but I think that's the genre that least defines my music.
Do you have a certain formula or ritual that you use when writing songs?
This is a good question! I don't have a specific 'thing' I do because inspiration can hit at any time. I tend to write a lot at nighttime- to the annoyance of my neighbours: sorry guys! I have a Korg SV1 keyboard that I absolutely love. I usually sit down and start playing random chord progressions and trying out different patches on the keyboard. Oftentimes a melody will come to me and I start to sing over top the progression, lyrics come next. Sometimes I start with lyrics and create a melody and progression afterward. I start to write those ideas down and record to my voice memo app on my phone, because I'm a very forgetful person! Sometimes I finish the song in one sitting but I don't stress it if I don't. For instance, I half-wrote 'Move On' ten years ago and finished it JUST last year, when I rediscovered it in my old notebook. I like to revisit old, incomplete songs to see if I can further enhance or develop them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I try not to beat myself up about it too much or be too precious about my writing.
What was the first album you ever bought?
I think it was Mariah Carey's Number 1's album. Wow, I'm dating myself.
What is currently on your playlist?
I'm currently listening to the Black Panther soundtrack-it is SO sick! I'm also listening to Aaron Childs' 'Tangerine', Billie Eilish's 'Bellyache', and OG's such as Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye.
How have your surroundings influenced your music?
I grew up in a very diverse borough of Toronto called Scarborough. I feel really blessed to have had the opportunity to connect and learn from people of all ethnicities. My background is Trinidadian; so I grew up listening to a VERY eclectic range of sounds such as Soca, Calypso; Reggae, Chutney; Parang, Motown; Pop, Gospel; Classic Bollywood and even Country music! As a child, I listened to whatever my parents listened to and, despite how uncool I thought that music was at the time (because all my friends were listening to boy-bands and Alternative-Rock); I’ve grown to realize how much those genres have shaped me as a musician - and I’m eternally grateful to my parents for exposing me to such a wide array of sounds.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I took figure skating when I was younger. I was kind of obsessed with figure skating as a kid (my favourite skater was Kristi Yamaguchi in case anyone cares). I don't know why my parents thought skating was a better recreational/life skill over swimming. I don't know how to swim but man, can I do a mean twirl on ice! That'll come in handy one day... I think?...Probably not.
Anything you’d like to add?
I'm working on an EP that is due out in Fall of 2018, so watch out for it. I'm also working on getting some tour dates and festival showcases lined up. Follow me on my socials to stay in the loop. Thanks for such a fun interview Aural Addiction!
thank you, Aphrose!